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Another Tip to Find a Domain Buyer


I’ve probably mentioned this tip before, but even if I did, I think it’s value is well worth another post.

When you acquire or own a category defining keyword domain name that you want to sell, you should do a Google search for that domain name and have a look at all of the companies that use your domain name as a part of their url. Many of those companies may wish to either shorten their url or “own the keyword” domain name for the authority that it brings.

I’ll give you an example to show you precisely what I mean.

Let’s say you own and want to sell it. I’d visit Google and do a search for the term “” Notice that I added quotes around the domain name to make sure the results are most accurate. After performing that search, I see that the following companies use in their domain names:


There seems to be dozens of companies and websites that use the term in their url, and I would bet most would want to own the descriptive domain name if they could. I’ve used this method to sell domain names before, and it could help you, too.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (12)

    April 16th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Elliot Silver

    @ Rob

    Yep – was just showing a sample.

    Nice tool – thank you for sharing.

    April 16th, 2012 at 11:30 am


    @Rob – This is a very nice tool
    @Elliot – The last 4 posts have been Great
    Really shows the value of a good domain and the importance of owning them vs names with little leads or traffic potential.
    Which more than likely will require one to invest in names that cost more than hand regs or at a minimum lots of time looking for them.
    Nice Job.

    April 16th, 2012 at 12:54 pm


    I like to use for this purpose but (which you discussed earlier) is also a great tool.

    April 16th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    BullS is free , the other one costs money

    free is good

    April 16th, 2012 at 3:32 pm


    @Rob – don’t forget to open ‘advanced search’ and increase the domain length from the default 25 characters to the maximum allowable 63 (in the case of the keyword biketours this increases the results from 1043 to 1086, about 4% more) and also throw in a hyphen and do another search for bike-tours (93 more results).

    April 16th, 2012 at 5:10 pm


    @Elliot – after identifying a large number of potential buyers by the above method, how do you break the ice with each firm without being accused of spamming?

    April 16th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ fizz

    I’ve found that nobody accuses me of spamming because I am offering them very good names. If I was trying to sell them shitty names with hyphens, random extensions or backwards keywords (like or something) I am sure people would get angry. I am sending individual, personalized emails to targets I am almost certain will have an interest.

    April 16th, 2012 at 5:15 pm


    Many thanks Elliot.

    Do you ask for best offers from each, state a BIN, or throw out a price range that you would sell within?

    April 16th, 2012 at 5:25 pm


    Good idea. Especially if they are a real business.

    April 16th, 2012 at 8:17 pm


    Great ideas .. now all I need is time to make it work.

    April 16th, 2012 at 9:41 pm


    Instead of using “” you should use the following:

    (no spaces)

    This method can also be used without an extension…


    April 17th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

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